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Look Into Me by VAngelLJ Look Into Me by VAngelLJ
Avril has such expressive eyes, and I've tried to capture that without doing it in a photorealism style - how did I do?

Here is the beautiful reference image: [link]

Avril = :heart: she is so pretty, I just love her :love:

Soon I'll be uploading a walkthrough on the lips for this piece which will hopefully give complete beginners an idea on how to vexel without feeling the need to 'livetrace' or posterize first.

Tools:Photoshop CS3, pen tool, mouse, hot chocolate, music

Faves are nice, comments are hugely appreciated, and critique is honoured.
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:iconvsconcepts:
I know you worked hard on this, with many long hours. Your results are very impressive. With that though, I'd like to offer a few things I "see", from my perspective as a viewer, that look "off"/wrong/flawed...

First up is those eyes. Your lashes are just, well superior there... But those eyes lack a little "shine" and luster. Accurate? Yes... But also a little "flat". Real eyes are moist and supple, like her lips. The eyes need a little gloss I think. I also see a bit of shading on the bridge of the nose is off, as well as the underside. She sorta looks a little "pig snouted" as a result.. Like one nostril "appears" to be larger than the other. Again, that's entirely possible based on the real life person... But it still looks a little funny.. I also think those eyebrows shouldn't be solid. I love how you did the darker brown strands, to show the hairs... And I think they would've looked more impressive if they were ALL strands to make the eyebrows, rather than a base shape under the darker strands... And I see a lot of edges on her cheeks, specifically the cheek by the pink hair. I think some subtle gradients would've worked better than having all those edges be visible..

Now... Having said all of that Leo... I think this piece shows some REAL talent that you have, and skill that's definitely impressive. You should be proud of this piece.
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Having vexelled Avril Lavigne in the past, I know the two challenges you face when using her as a reference... one is her nose and the other are her lips. To the viewer there isn't anything irregular to them, but they are just two zones which for some reason are harder than other parts to render well and for the most part you've nailed it!

Your aim for "photorealism" has been done very well in terms of working from the exact colouring of the reference image. However this is only if you compare them side by side. Avril is wearing heavy make up and may have fallen victim to airbrushing - who's to know. So without seeing the reference image, you might think that her skin is too perfect.

To counteract this, try adding subtle shades of grey towards the corner of the eyes, a little red around the nose area and use the off transparent green gradient to take out some of the orange/red tones from the skin to make it look less... rendered/perfect.

This isn't a critism on your technique, because the technique has been nailed, but more points to consider in the future when using a possible airbrushed reference.

I only have one issue with this piece and that's the rendering of the nose. As stated previously, Avril's nose is a bit of a nightmare to render. I feel that it lacks definition around the nostrils, especially the one on our left. It needs a little shadow behind it to show that it's there.

I think the fact you've added your own smaller modifications to the piece is great... the pink hair, the eyeshadow. I always enjoy seeing what people have added themselves. This leads me onto the eyes...

I think the eyes have been rendered very well, however I'm a bit put off with the very thick chunky eyelashes. This is possible the only area which you couldn't really put the "photorealism" tag on. They are too straight underneath the lash (as they would overhang slightly on the eyeball) and are pretty one colour. They aren't as distracting as the nose, so only a small issue.

All in all, you've done very well. You know it's Avril when looking at her and you can say photorealism. Great piece by you Leo :hug:
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You doing it good Man! Love it! :iconhurrplz:
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Tjoepoe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
keep the great artworks flow! :iconhurrdurrplz:
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DCMZed Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail in this is astounding, and everything looks beautiful. I love the hair, and how you chose to use pink on one side. I think the eyelashes stand out a little too much, and would benefit either from being a little more defined, or having a gradient to make them darker near the base, to give a curved look.
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love:
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing job! :O :love:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! :D
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
looks pretty dang awesome!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks mate.
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serendipityLIES Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful work on the lips. I love it :)
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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2ndSCRATCH Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Cute...
:hug:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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jeromefearless Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
how you create a amazing eyes make a video how you do that vector plssss.
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't make a video, but I am currently working on a tutorial for vectoring/vexelling eyes in colour.
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BarbieGogo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Pretty .. Good work ..
can you tell me more details ?!! i wanna do thing like this?
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. This is called vexel art, I have tutorials in my gallery and faves that you can have a look at if you'd like to learn, or if you have any specific questions then feel free to ask.
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BarbieGogo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
mmm i don`t know where are these tuts :D . !!
btw .. i tried to make One ,, but i fail in the Face :S:S
i can`t make it right :S !! .. can u help me :$:$??
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RezzaVANdaviD Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
avril is my favorites singer from canada ,happy ending..........
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, she's cool.
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RezzaVANdaviD Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconkerenplz: u know i want give this art critique but my premium expired :( ...
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can leave critique in a normal comment like people did before the critique feature was released ;) so go ahead.
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RezzaVANdaviD Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
maybe,but isn't special brada :headbang:
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:iconjustwilson:
JustWilson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
This is awesome, any guides on doing the lips? :D
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been working on a guide to doing lips (these lips, in fact) for a while now, but it's very long so I'm working on cutting it down, and I may still have to put it as 2 tutorials ^^; Hopefully I'll have it finished with soon enough, though ^^ Thank you!
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Maximusfart Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Anatomyofadream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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phoenixdow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Totally awesome, so captivating.
Loved.
Gratz
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconzukich:
zukich Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work!:noes:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconaskhari:
Askhari Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Amazing work - the detail and depth you put into the hairs simply blow my mind
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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TheArtofDesigning Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
well done... nice art
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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TheArtofDesigning Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
welcome :wow:
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Dyluthus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
This is an INCREDIBLE rendering of a very beautiful woman. I honestly thought this was an actual photograph when I saw the thumbnail. Excellent work!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much ^^
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Dyluthus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
It was very well deserved!
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TheStoryWriter Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done, even with the minor flaws with it as pointed out by VSconcepts. If you added a bit more shading to the bridge of the nose and a little more gloss to the eyes, that would fix the painting completely.
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'll be working on this again soon and I'll take that into account ^^
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:iconthestorywriter:
TheStoryWriter Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your very welcome and I'm happy to have helped such a great, such as yourself.
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la-luna-roja Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Awesome vector!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwwww!
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks ^^
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coxzee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
WOW! great work i love it! :)
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